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The world famous Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado is well known for hosting many of the rich and famous who want to get away into the mountains for a while.  The hotel is also the inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining.  However, it is not the actual hotel in the movie which was filmed at Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon. Even though the inspiration was fictional, the Stanley hotel is very haunted!

The haunted Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado was the inspiration for Stephen King's The Shining and it is actually haunted by many ghosts.
The haunted Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado was the inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining and it is actually haunted by many ghosts.

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Chester Thorne was one of the founders of Tacoma, Washington.  In 1907, as a gift for his bride, he purchased an English castle which was physically located in England, and had it dismantled and shipped brick by brick to the shores of American Lake where it was reassembled into what would become Thornewood Castle.  Chester put so much time, effort and devotion into his new mansion that some say he is still there.

Thornewood Castle under construction in 1910.  It would later be feature in the Stephen King film Rose Red. In real life, the ghost of the former owner of the stately mansion is said to walk the grounds to this day.
Thornewood Castle under construction in 1910.  It would later be feature in the Stephen King film Rose Red. In real life, the ghost of the former owner of the stately mansion is said to walk the grounds to this day.

If you recognize this castle, it may be because it was the mansion featured in the movie based on the Stephen King thriller “Rose Red”. It was also used in the prequel to the movie “The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer”.  Although the real hauntings of the castle are a bit different than that of the movie.

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